UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The positive effects of an undergraduate research experience on student learning, attitude, and career choice have passed from anecdote to systematic data (Lopatto 2010). The URSCA Course Redesign Grant provides funding for UWRF faculty and instructional academic staff members interested in enhancing a significant portion of a current course to incorporate an undergraduate research component. Proposals that emphasize collaborative and/or multi-disciplinary research projects and approaches as well as individual investigations are encouraged. We also encourage applications that feature undergraduate courses at any level, from introductory first-year courses through senior seminars and capstones. In many cases, first- or second-year research experiences are likely to be process-centered, and faculty-initiated, while upper level or capstone research experiences may be outcome-oriented, discipline-based, and with potential to be of interest to a professional audience.
Although research expectations will differ across disciplines and levels, in almost all cases, course-embedded undergraduate research will include the following four steps (CUR 2005):
We seek course redesigns that will support new, relevant, innovative, and/or inventive strategies to infuse undergraduate research into the curriculum. Proposals should briefly identify a teaching or student learning challenge that currently exists in a course, and that can be addressed with the infusion of a significant undergraduate research project or component. A detailed plan for redesigning the course to address the issue with a clear description of the undergraduate research project should be created on completion of the grant activity.
To participate in the URSCA Course Redesign Grant opportunity, a faculty/staff member must:
Awardees will receive professional development monies to redesign a course. Funding is provided with submission of receipts for any professional development expenses (whether related to the course redesign or to some other aspect of professional development). Payment is provided upon completion of the following steps:
URSCA Council will review all applications.